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Spring Boot Starter Security
Frequently Asked Questions
What would Springboot have security starter dependency?
What is spring-boot-starter-security?
How do I use spring boot starter security?
Why is Spring Security used?
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Spring Boot Starter Security

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In this article, we will discuss Spring Boot Starter Security. But before Spring Boot Starter Security, let’s briefly see what Spring Boot is.

Spring Boot is a Java-based framework used to create a Micro Service. We use Spring Boot because it is open-source and makes it easy to create stand-alone and production-ready spring applications. It contains comprehensive infrastructure support for developing a microservice and enables you to create enterprise-ready applications that you can “just run.”

You can refer to Introduction to Spring Boot to learn more about Spring Boot.

To add a Spring Boot Security to your Spring Boot application, you need to add the Spring Boot Starter Security dependency in your build configuration file.

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Spring Boot Starter Security

A Spring Boot Starter Security is a starter provided by Spring Boot that combines Spring Security-related dependencies. The simplest and preferred way to use the starter is Spring Initializr with IDE integration.

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Suppose you are using Spring Boot with Visual Studio Code. Then, follow these steps to use Spring Boot Starter Security.

  • You need to install the Java Development Kit.
  • Then you must install the extensions, Extension Pack for Java, and Spring Boot Extension Pack.
  • Now, Open VS Code and Press Ctrl+Shift+P, then type Spring Initializr to start generating a Maven.
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  • Specify Spring Boot Version
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  • Specify Project Language
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  • Specify Packaging Type
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  • Specify Java Version
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  • Search for Dependencies. Here we Select Spring Security.
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  • Then type the file name.
  • At last, Select the folder where you want to save the file.


Now, Open the pom.xml file.

Your pom.xml file looks like this.

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You can also add the starter manually, as shown below:

     <!-- ... other dependency elements ... -->


You can refer to these articles, Spring InitializrSpring Boot CLISpring Tool Suite. You will learn all it takes to create a spring boot project, from setting up the environment to initializing empty boilerplate, downloading tools, and using CLI to run the spring boot project.

Now, let’s discuss some FAQs related to Spring Boot Starter Security.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What would Springboot have security starter dependency?

Spring Boot provides a spring-boot-starter-security starter that collects Spring Security-related dependencies altogether. 

What is spring-boot-starter-security?

If Spring Security is on the classpath, then Spring Boot automatically secures all HTTP endpoints with “basic” authentication. But you can customize the security settings using the spring boot starter security.

How do I use spring boot starter security?

To use a Spring Boot Starter Security to your Spring Boot application, you need to add the Spring Boot Starter Security dependency in your build configuration file.

Why is Spring Security used?

Spring Security offers a highly customizable way of implementing authentication, authorization, and protection against common attacks. Therefore it is the primary choice for implementing application-level security in Spring applications.


We have discussed Spring Boot Starter Security and the steps to use it.

Refer to these articles STS Download,  Spring Boot ThymeleafSpring Boot Application Properties, Spring Boot Auto-configurationSpring Boot JPAProject Deployment Using Tomcat, etc.

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